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OK folks, so here's my first question of many. Bailey has slept with us for two nights now. First night in a plastic crate that I guess was cozy and dark for him. Between 11pm and about 7am, he only had to pee once, but he would sleep for a bit and then cry and whine. We would take him out, comfort him and he would fall asleep straight away, so we put him back in and he would sleep fine for an hour, then start all over again. We contemplated what to do last night and thought he might not of had enough room to move around so we used Charlie's first big crate. Metal, open, can see everything. I taped a training mat to the plastic floor, at the back of the crate, then put his bed by the crate door. I let him roam around the bedroom for 30 minutes or so while I read and he fell asleep on the carpet next to my side. Put him in crate while he was snoring. At some point he got up and went potty on the training pad, but every hour he would whine. One of us would sit next to the crate and stroke him through the bars - we refused to open the door and hug him. He would settle down after about ten minutes, then fifty minutes later, he would be awake again. He only peed once during the night, so I'm sure it's a lonely thing he's going through. At some point last night I threatened him with going into a smaller crate downstairs - he seemed to understand as he curled up and turned his back on me and went to sleep!

What I don't understand is, during the day and evening yesterday, he would be awake playing for about 1 1/2 hours, then he would fall asleep on the rug, on Charlie's bed, or in his downstairs crate which I took the door off from, and he would sleep for two hours and not care if anyone was in the room with him, or if it was silent. How can he do this during the day but not at night? We have left our bathroom light on and the door ajar so he can see at night.

We will continue to crate him. He doesn't hate it as he goes in during the day (although the door is open), and he won't have free roam of the bedroom until he can hold his pee. I just don't understand how he can sleep by himself for two hours during the day, but not at night. Right now he asleep on the family room rug - tv is off - Charlie is in here with me - but Bailey doesn't mind that.
 

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I am going to ditch the bigger crate. I know all about the comfort of a smaller one, but he didn't seem to like it much on day one. I will take him out into the garden during the night - even though it's freezing. The training mat though, I have one by the back door and he has been going there to do his business. As soon as he pees, I give him a treat, then take him and the mat outside where he sniffs some more, does a little more pee, and if I'm lucky, he'll poop too. I want to give the mat a week or so, so Bailey gets his bearings in the house, then I'll move it completely, and hopefully when I see him go to the door, I can move quickly enough to let him outside. That's my plan at least. There are no other training mats dotted around the house.

This morning was the first time he was alone. I put Charlie's bed, Bailey's small crate and some water in a hallway and went to the gym for one hour. I sneaked back in and they were both fast asleep - I was very proud.

Right now, both dogs are in here with me asleep together - I'm so tempted to just let them sleep together at night but if I wake up to pee and poop in my carpeted bedroom, I would be most annoyed.
 
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